Words are an important part of my life as a preacher. To begin, THE WORD is the focus of the Christian faith. With words God called everything into being. Remember, "Then God said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light." And we’re off to the races, so to speak. In my reading (again, words) I am always intrigued when I come across a new word. Often I can tell by context what that unfamiliar word means. And when I cannot discern the meaning, I'm off to the dictionary. Last week I was reading an essay by Indiana University professor Susan Gubar and she used the word LAGNIAPPE. It's French and it's most commonly used in Louisiana Cajun culture. It means "a little something extra." Think of a Baker's Dozen; thirteen eggs for the price of twelve. Or having your mother put a surprise treat in your school lunch bag. Or your favorite uncle handing you a wad of cash as you drive off to college for the first time. Lagniappe; a little something extra. How pleasant life could be if we all practiced the kindness of giving "a little something extra." Going and doing a little more than required could be good for everyone. Imagine the good will it would create. In this Advent Season and the coming of Christmas, "a little something extra" would most assuredly be welcomed by all.
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